Violence Against Women in India by Sheela Saravanan

Violence against women is partly a result of gender relations that assumes men to be
superior to women. Given the subordinate status of women, much of gender violence is
considered normal and enjoys social sanction. Manifestations of violence include
physical aggression, such as blows of varying intensity, burns, attempted hanging, sexual
abuse and rape, psychological violence through insults, humiliation, coercion, blackmail,
economic or emotional threats, and control over speech and actions. In extreme, but not
unknown cases, death is the result. (Adriana, 1996) These expressions of violence take
place in a man-woman relationship within the family, state and society. Usually,
domestic aggression towards women and girls, due to various reasons remain hidden.

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